CHAPTER 48 48 1Until like fire a prophet appeared, his words a flaming furnace. 2The staff of life, their bread, he shattered, and in his zeal he made them few in number. 3By God’s word he shut up the heavens and three times brought down fire. 4How awesome are you, ELIJAH! Whose glory is equal to yours? 5You brought a dead body back to life from Sheol, by the will of the LORD. 6You sent kings down to destruction, and nobles, from their beds of sickness. 7You heard threats at Sinai, at Horeb avenging judgments. 8You anointed the agent of these punishments, the prophet to succeed in your place. 9You were taken aloft in a whirlwind, in a chariot with fiery horses. 10You are destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, To turn back the hearts of parents toward their children, and to re–establish the tribes of Israel. 11Blessed is the one who shall have seen you before he dies![P] 12When Elijah was enveloped in the whirlwind, ELISHA was filled with his spirit;[Q] He worked twice as many marvels, and every utterance of his mouth was wonderful. During his lifetime he feared no one, nor was anyone able to intimidate his will. 13Nothing was beyond his power; and from where he lay buried, his body prophesied.[R] 14In life he performed wonders, and after death, marvelous deeds. 15Despite all this the people did not repent, nor did they give up their sins, Until they were uprooted from their land and scattered all over the earth. Judah[S] But Judah remained, a tiny people, with its ruler from the house of David. 16Some of them did what was right, but others were extremely sinful. Hezekiah and Isaiah 17HEZEKIAH fortified his city and had water brought into it; With bronze tools he cut through the rocks and dammed up a mountain site for water.[T] 18During his reign Sennacherib led an invasion and sent his adjutant; He shook his fist at Zion and blasphemed God in his pride. 19The people’s hearts melted within them, and they were in anguish like that of childbirth. 20But they called upon the Most High God and lifted up their hands to him; He heard the prayer they uttered, and saved them through ISAIAH. 21God struck the camp of the Assyrians and routed them with a plague. 22For Hezekiah did what was right and held fast to the paths of David, As ordered by the illustrious prophet Isaiah, who saw truth in visions. 23In his lifetime he turned back the sun and prolonged the life of the king. 24By his powerful spirit he looked into the future and consoled the mourners of Zion; 25He foretold what would happen till the end of time, hidden things yet to be fulfilled.
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